The value of a Plan B during a sailing trip beset by bad weather makes our CCIO columnist Dr Joe McDonald wonder whether the NHS should be taking a similar approach.
The two chairs of the largest independent communities of NHS digital leaders will launch the ‘NHS Cyber Security Batsignal’, a new peer-to-peer cyber security warning alerting system, at the first Public Cyber Security conference next month.
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The Great North Care Record is to switch from a model where patients can choose to opt out of information sharing to one where they chose to opt in and set their own data preferences.
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Joe McDonald wasn’t a hobbit in Lord of the Rings, he wasn’t at Wembley to see Geoff Hurst’s winner, but he did see Otis bowl a historic tenfer and he’s now heard Jeremy Hunt promise to put patients in control of data sharing.
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Joe McDonald, chair of the CCIO Network and Digital Health’s sometimes travel editor, is inspired by his use of next generation banking in Berlin and asks whether a similarly courageous and forward-thinking attitude could be applied to healthcare IT.
At Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, there is a desire to use GDE status to support the “easyjetifying” of services. Through greater use of cloud services and Skype – as well as through private sector sponsorship – they hope to make interacting with their services as easy as booking a low-cost flight.
Joe mourns the original Batman, reflects on why healthcare IT needs a Bat Signal, and ponders how one has been informally created through the Health CIO and CCIO Networks.
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How, Joe wonders, can the culture of NHS Digital truly be transformed? Time for its leaders to enter the Zone of Uncomfortable Debate.
The CCIO Interview with Joe McDonald at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. He talks about the Great North Care Record and why he’s not excited about big data.